Internationally renowned musician and activist Sting has joined the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) to call for an end to the failed War on Drugs. The musician has written a passionate letter spelling out the devastating consequences of the Drug War, and is urging people to support the DPA in advocating saner drug policies. An excerpt from his letter:
“The War on Drugs has failed – but it's worse than that. It is actively harming our society. Violent crime is thriving in the shadows to which the drug trade has been consigned. People who genuinely need help can't get it. Neither can people who need medical marijuana to treat terrible diseases. We are spending billions, filling up our prisons with non-violent offenders and sacrificing our liberties.
For years, the Drug War has been used as a pretext to lock people in prison for exorbitant lengths of time – people whose "crimes" never hurt another human being, people who already lived at the margins of society, whose voices were the faintest and whose power was the least.”
Sting said he came across the DPA after reading an opinion piece on the failures of drug prohibition written by its executive director, Ethan Nadelmann, in the Wall Street Journal.
DPA said it will be using Sting's letter to recruit new members.